In type 2 diabetes, compounds from cinnamon extract improved glucose measures and control
by Newsletter Editor
In one study, 66 type 2 diabetics who were taking an oral insulin-stimulating drug also took an extract of cinnamon or a placebo. There were two doses of cinnamon: 120 mg or 360 mg per day.
After three months, while there were no changes for placebo, measures of long-term-average blood sugar levels declined 7 percent in the low-dose cinnamon group, and 10 percent in the high-dose cinnamon group, while fasting blood sugar levels declined 11 and 14 percent, respectively.
Although participants’ fasting and long-term blood sugar levels remained higher than normal, doctors said it was the polyphenols in cinnamon extract that significantly increased insulin-dependent glucose metabolism. Cinnamon also appeared to raise beneficial antioxidant activity in type 2 diabetics.